He was the son of Martin Docwra and Isabel Danvers. He married Dorothy Golding, and was the father of the distinguished soldier and statesman Henry Docwra, 1st Baron Docwra of Culmore, who is still remembered as "the founder of Derry". His maternal grandfather was Sir William Danvers a justice of the Court of Common Pleas. In his later years he suffered serious financial difficulties and was eventually forced to sell Chamberhouse.
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